We're back home again following a lovely four night break in a very comfortable cottage just over an hour's drive from home. We'd stayed in the village once before and to be honest when booking I thought it was in the same place we'd stayed many years ago but not so but we weren't disappointed far from it. The cottage was a barn conversion in what was originally an old farm dating back to the 1790's. The owner lived on site and was very helpful with advice about the local area and things to do. The first photo is the front door facing into what used to be the farmyard and now used for parking and the second photo was the kitchen with it's enclosed garden perfect for Tilly. In the yard was a doggy cleaning station but Tilly didn't need to use it :) To the side and rear of the cottage was a huge field and even on a misty morning waking to that view of the field and the mountains and the peace and quiet was wonderful.
On our first full day on the Tuesday we went into Caernarfon and although we weren't able to take Tilly into the castle we settled for a meal in a dog-friendly pub on the harbour side. The reason for that visit was to find the whereabouts of the Welsh Highland heritage railway station and finding a car park nearby ready for the following day's trip.
So Wednesday being our wedding anniversary I'd booked a trip on the steam train taking us to Beddgelert and back. An hour and a half's train ride each way with an hour and a half in the village. I'd prebooked a luxury hamper for the outward train journey and we toasted each other with a glass of prosecco and there was enough delicious food that I took the bara brith and welsh cakes back to the cottage with us. We've visited Gelert's Grave on at least two previous occasions so this time we stayed in the village and enjoyed an ice cream from the extremely popular ice cream parlour.
The cottage is directly on the Wales coastal path and my plan was to walk Tilly to the beach on Thursday my last full day of the holiday but as things turned out it was a very windy, grey day with rain forecast. Undettered we set off on our walk and I followed the path to the estuary and we crossed over the bridge. Now I will own up to being afraid of heights and with concerns that Tilly may jump off the bridge we did walk across but very nervously. Once on the embankment with the view of the airport and the it's museum in the distance, I had to zoom in for that photo and knowing the beach wasn't far away from there I had a sudden change of mind as it was so very windy and looked so desolate we returned to the warmth of the cottage.
The forecast rain arrived but it didn't last for long so on our final afternoon we visited a rather lovely garden centre and as luck would have it they had a farm shop inside and so we were able to buy some delicious goodies to take back to the cottage for our last evening meal ithere. They also had these wonderful giraffe dog beds for sale but I resisted the temptation to buy one :)
We definitely would have liked to stay for longer in the lovely, comfortable holiday cottage but another time maybe.